Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Do they have feelings?
Well, I visited the dealer yesterday just poking around and the sales manager came over and asked me if I'd heard the bad news. I had no idea what he was talking about, so I said no. I traded my 00 LT in for my GTL. The LT had 94,837 miles on it when I dismounted for the last time. The bike had been as perfect a motorcycle as I've ever owned. In that amount of time the bike never left me stranded and even pulling a trailer I was on the original clutch. I didn't trade it in because it needed work, I traded it in because after all these years I was ready for a new ride...and a GTL at that!!!
I didn't even bother to clean up the LT before taking it in. They got it exactly the way I rode it. They offered me a very fair price for the trade and kept it on the showroom floor for two weeks pulling it out for three different test rides. Everytime I visited, I could sense the LT was brooding about being dropped off at the orphanage. The new owner picked up the bike last Saturday and rode it exactly 163 miles before the rear main seal let go. He brought it back and it is leaking oil like crazy. My garage floor is clean where it sat for all those years, and the dealer's showroom floor is clean where the bike sat after test drives for two weeks. When it let go, it let go hard I guess, which is a little unusual for a rear main I think.
Anyway, the dealer is now going to have to make it right, and I do feel terrible in a way. The dealer is on the hook for the repairs but I guess I traded 163 miles before the bad luck would have been mine. Not gloating or happy here, just letting you know that sometimes I think the bikes become as attached to us as we do to them. Just saying...
"Loud lives save pipes"
00 K1200LT (Emil) 94,840 trouble free miles. Gone, but not forgotten
02 R1150RT (Artie) 109,000 miles. Favorite bike. With me to the end.
10 K1300GT (The Phantom) 10,110 miles. Like flying a T-38 on 2 wheels. Gone.
12 K1600GTL (Johnny 5) 3,500. A great compromise between the LT and GT
A gaggle of Japanese bikes, then I woke up.